George Fox Evangelical Seminary

Purpose Statement

George Fox Evangelical Seminary demonstrates the meaning of Jesus Christ by offering spiritual formation and education for ministry in the context of a caring, Christian community, in order to prepare men and women of faith for effective service to the church and the world.

Seminary Heritage

George Fox Evangelical Seminary is an evangelical, multidenominational, university-based school committed to equipping women and men academically, spiritually, emotionally, theologically, and culturally for ministry in the church and world in the greater Northwest and beyond. We are committed to graduate theological education, professional development, and spiritual formation. We are dedicated to provide the church with the future leaders it seeks, to train leaders for the present and the future, to provide a place for those who seek to be on the forefront of church development and those who seek spiritual renewal, and to offer flexible schedules for busy people in an increasingly globalized society.

George Fox Evangelical Seminary began in 1947 as the Western School of Evangelical Religion. In 1951, it became Western Evangelical Seminary. The original campus was on the Evangelical Church conference grounds at Jennings Lodge, east of Portland. In 1993, the seminary moved to a new centrally located and more easily accessible campus near Interstate 5 and highways 99W and 217. In 1996, it merged with George Fox College to form George Fox University, and changed its name on January 1, 2000, to George Fox Evangelical Seminary. The seminary is located at the university's Portland Center.

The first students came from the founding denominations: the Evangelical Church and the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. Soon the Free Methodist and Wesleyan churches lent their support. Today, more than 40 denominations are represented in the student body.

When the seminary began, it fulfilled the dream of its first president, Paul Petticord, and other regional Christian leaders, who recognized the need for a Wesleyan seminary in the Pacific Northwest.

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